default kde menu icon

Roman Shtylman shtylman at
Sat Jan 2 17:00:39 GMT 2010

My concern with a drop shadow is that it doesn't work as well with the
default theme (and even other themes) as well as the white glow. I do
agree that the gears are very difficult at small sizes and wonder if
it would be acceptable to just use circles for this one usage... but I
don't know whether that is allowed or whatnot. Also, I think that most
people mentally know the small circles are gears and maybe aren't
bothered that they look a tad fuzzy cause of it?

If the general idea is liked we should deff propose several icon
options and evaluate which one we feel works best.


On Fri, Jan 1, 2010 at 10:26 PM, Tres Finocchiaro
<fatbuttlarry at> wrote:
> Roman,
> Thanks for the screenshot.
> I do not think the Kubuntu icon looks good at small sizes, and therefor I do
> not think it can easily be made to look good for the K button.
> I think this is because at small sizes, the small gears look like blurred
> snowflakes, which makes the icon difficult to distinguish at small sizes.
> In this case Roman has added an outer glow to the logo to increase contrast
> around the edges of the logo.  I feel strongly that outer glow should be
> used in moderation, and in this case I do not think it compliments the
> polished look of the AIR or Oxygen desktop themes.
> I will suggest (although off-topic) using a logo that does not use the gears
> in such a small instance.  Of course, I think this wouldn't fly as it is not
> the official logo.
> However, I think a modified version of the original logo would be much more
> distinguishable as a K button, similar to the polished look of the gnome's
> Ubuntu button. (Notice the small drop-shadow used in the Ubuntu screenshot
> and no outer glow).
> -Tres
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